Paola Raska on Overcoming Access Barriers in Cancer Treatment

Paola Raska, PhD
Published: Friday, Dec 18, 2015



Paola Raska, PhD, Research Scientist, Case Western Reserve University discusses remaining healthcare barriers after the Affordable Care Act.

A lack of insurance used to be the biggest barrier to cancer treatment before the Affordable Care Act was implemented, says Raska. But now for the newly insured, access to healthcare has become the predominant barrier.

Patient navigation can help overcome this barrier. For patients, simply having a person that can speak with them, help them get referrals, make appointments, and fill out paperwork can really make a difference, says Raska. This navigation makes it more likely that patients will follow-up on treatment and screening recommendations.



Paola Raska, PhD, Research Scientist, Case Western Reserve University discusses remaining healthcare barriers after the Affordable Care Act.

A lack of insurance used to be the biggest barrier to cancer treatment before the Affordable Care Act was implemented, says Raska. But now for the newly insured, access to healthcare has become the predominant barrier.

Patient navigation can help overcome this barrier. For patients, simply having a person that can speak with them, help them get referrals, make appointments, and fill out paperwork can really make a difference, says Raska. This navigation makes it more likely that patients will follow-up on treatment and screening recommendations.


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